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Best Day Trips from Lisbon

By Viator, October 2013

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Lisbon is a dream to explore; just hop on Tram 28 or hire an e-bike to scale the city’s seven hills with ease. If time permits, there’s so much to see outside the city as well, from royal palaces to wild coastlines and mysterious standing stones. Guided day trips are the smartest way to explore beyond Lisbon, and come in a variety of combinations and packages to fit individual interests.

Day trips from Lisbon to the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Sintra kick off with guided tours of its magical palaces. Later, a drive through pine-swathed hills leads to the western edge of Europe at the rugged cliffs of Cabo da Roca – and that’s all before exploring the traditional fishing village of Cascais and driving back to Lisbon along the wild Atlantic coastline.

Within easy reach of Lisbon there’s a cross-section of traditional villages to discover; a tour of fortified Óbidos combines perfectly with lunch in the fishing village of Nazaré, famous for its surfing waves, and guided visits to the UNESCO-listed monasteries at Batalha or Alcobaça and Portugal’s most sacred sight, the Sanctuary of the Virgin Mary at Fátima.

To uncover the story of the mysterious Knights Templar, the Christian militia that played a monumental part in medieval European history, take a guided boat trip to fortified Almourol Castle, sitting high over the banks of the Tagus River. Afterwards visit Constância and the 12th-century Knights Templar strongholds at Tomar and Ourém.

Learn about Portugal’s Neolithic and Roman history on day trips to the standing stones and classical ruins in the ancient city of Évora before heading to the marble-clad medieval royal palaces of Vila Viçosa. Alternatively combine Évora’s ancient culture with wine tasting on the Alentejo uplands, which are rapidly acquiring fame for producing excellent full-bodied red wines.

Another ideal day out for wine buffs is a trip to the mountainous region of Arrábida, south of Lisbon, for a visit to the cellars at Jose Maria da Fonseca followed by a tasting of their famous fortified Moscatel. Take in the walled hilltop castle at Palmela en route and lunch in the pretty fishing village of Sesimbra before stopping off to admire the massive statue of Jesus at the Cristo Rei Sanctuary in Almada.

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Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 111 Reviews

Discover the history and natural beauty of Portugal on a small-group day trip to Fátima, Nazaré and Óbidos from Lisbon. One of the most ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.65

Small-Group Sintra Royal Palaces Day Trip from Lisbon: Pena Palace, Queluz Palace and Sintra Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Discover a world of fairy-tale palaces on this full-day tour to the UNESCO-listed town of Sintra from Lisbon. Once a decadent summer retreat for Portuguese ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.95
$91.05 Save $9.10

Sintra Day Trip from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 113 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the mountainous region of Sintra on this day trip from Lisbon. With your guide, visit the fairytale-like Pena Palace, a  ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $119.07

Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon exploring the Estoril Coast, Cascais and the romantic mountainous region of Sintra. If you are ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.86
$126.07 Save $11.21

Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Coast Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Discover the natural beauty of Portugal on a relaxing afternoon tour from Lisbon. Travel to Estoril, Cascais Bay and Hell's Mouth (Boca do Inferno), and take ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.24

2-Day Sacred Portugal Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Sítio, Nazaré and Óbidos, from Lisbon

Discover central Portugal's sacred sites and popular towns on this 2-day tour from Lisbon. Visit the Catholic pilgrimage site Our Lady of Fátima ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $183.50

Sintra, Pena Palace and Cascais Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Enjoy a half-day trip from Lisbon to Sintra to see one of Portugal’s most popular attractions, the massive, gorgeous Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.95
$58.83 Save $5.88

Fatima Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

Head out on a trip to Fatima, the religious capital of Portugal, whose basilica honors the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima (another name for the Virgin Mary) ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.03
$70.04 Save $7.01

Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Fátima Half-Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon day trip to the Catholic pilgrimage village of Fátima. In Lisbon, take a guided walking ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.06
$130.27 Save $18.21

Sintra Half-Day Trip from Lisbon

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Spend a lovely afternoon in Sintra, a fairytale-like hillside town, which was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just outside Lisbon. This half-day ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.56
$40.62 Save $4.06

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